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Coco

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Title: Coco
Author: Adrian Molina
Series: N/A
Recommended for: PreK- K
Pages: 24
Call Number/Link:  E DISNEY COCO

Synopsis: Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. This beautifully illustrated Little Golden Book retells all the excitement and adventure of Disney/Pixar’s Coco. It’s perfect for children ages 2 to 5.

Thoughts:  I really liked this book.  Super cute, vibrant and it seems to show all the symbols of Dia de los Muertos well.  I am certain this would be a great book to read aloud to your children or classroom about the movie. Beautifully illustrated and heart warming.

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Buenas Noches Luna

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Title:   Buenas Noches Luna

Author:   Margaret Wise Brown

Series:   N/A

Recommended for:  grades Pre K-2 as a read-aloud, grades 2 and up for children to read by themselves.  

Pages:   32 pages

Call Number/Link:  SPA READALONG BROWN, M.

Rating:   *****

Synopsis:

Before going to sleep, a little rabbit says goodnight to many different things.

Comments:

I really loved reading this book for Spanish story time.  It is a classic so this book was an excellent choice since most children have read this book in English.  Short and easy to follow along with a great size book for children to follow along.  This copy comes with a cd for listening in the car or at home.

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2017 in Bedtime, Funny, Picture Books, Spanish

 

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Pequenos Cuentos ( Short Stories in 1 minute)

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Title: Pequenos Cuentos para leer en 1 minuto (Short Stories to Read in 1 minute)

Author: Monica Sempere

Series: N/A

Recommended for: Ages 4-6 

Pages: 58

Call Number/Link:  SPA E SEMPERE, M.

 

Synopsis:  A compilation of one page short stories that offers an innovative concept: micro-stories to read in one minute.
• Simple, brief stories that concentrate the essence of classic tales, delighting young and old readers alike.

Thoughts: I thought it was really cute.  It gives instructions for the child or adult on how to start reading.  The cool aspect of the book is that you read the micro story and then guess which tale they are talking about.  Some of them are classic around the world.  Some are not so clear since they may be lesser known stories. Good for parents, kids and teachers in order for children to use their analytical skills and for short attention spans.

 
 

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Escrito y Dibujado por Enriqueta ( Written and Drawn by Henrieta)

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Title: Escrito y Dibujado por Enriqueta ( Written and Drawn by Henrieta)

Author: Liniers

Series: Un libro Toon

Recommended for: K-3rd 

Pages:  60
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Call Number/Link:  SPAN E LINIERS & GN J LINIERS

Synopsis:    A Junior Library Guild Selection

Reading books is fun . . . but what about making them? Armed with new colored pencils, Henrietta’s ready to try. Peek over her shoulder as she draws the story of a brave young girl, a three-headed monster, and an impossibly wide world of adventure. Whether read aloud to a toddler or discovered by a young reader, Liniers’ celebration of the creative process is sure to make everyone want to bring out their pencils.

Ricardo Siri Liniers, known as Liniers, is the author of Macanudo, a daily comic strip hugely popular in Argentina, now available in English. His US debut, The Big Wet Balloon, a TOON Book, was nominated for an Eisner Award and chosen as one of Parents‘ Top 10 Children’s Books. He lives in Buenos Aires with his wife and three daughters, Matilda, Clementina, and Emma, whom he credits as inspirations for this book.

My Thoughts: This is a fabulous book, especially since it is authentic Spanish.  The author writes all his books in Spanish and they are translated.  Wow, I am so happy.  It is very cute and can be read by the elementary school group.  A few of his books come in both languages and he has some awesome comic books that are numbered and are called Macanudo 1-11. I can’t wait till we are able to obtain more.  These are short and sweet with some more difficult vocabulary words but should not be a problem for a Spanish speaking child.

 

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My Colors = Mis Colores

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Title:   My Colors = Mis Colores
Author:   Rebecca Emberley
Series:   not named, but a series of bilingual board books that teach basic English and Spanish vocabulary
Recommended for:  Babies and toddlers who are first learning their words, children and adults who are learning English or Spanish as a second language
Pages:   unpaged (about 19 pages)
Call Number/Link:  SPA E TINY EMBERLEY, R.

Rating:   *****

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Ilustraciones etiquetadas introducen colores y sus nombres en inglés y Español, junto con las palabras de varios objetos de colores brillantes.
Labelled illustrations introduce colors and their names in English and Spanish, along with the words for various brightly colored objects.
Comments:
I absolutely love My Colors = Mis Colores and the other books in this series.  I wish I’d owned them when I first started taking Spanish class.  It would have been a much more entertaining way of learning vocabulary words than my method of using flashcards with the English word on one side and the Spanish word on the other.  (I made the flashcards myself so did not have cute illustrations or consistently legible handwriting.)
Over the years, I have paid special attention to books and materials that introduce the reader to a different language due to my interest in learning other languages This series is my absolute favorite.
It is a great choice for babies and toddlers who are first learning to talk, in either English or Spanish.  (Or both!)  It is an excellent choice for children and adults who are in their first (or second) Spanish or English class.  It works well for children and adults who would like to teach themselves Spanish – and works equally well for ESL students.
The words are written clearly in big letters that are easy to see (and read),  There is a boldly colored accompanying picture that illustrates the vocabulary word being taught.  The author has selected basic words that are among the first words that one learns when studying a foreign language.
The book My Colors = Mis Colores has a slightly different format than the others in the series.  In My Colors = Mis Colores, each color being taught has a two-page spread.  The background of the left page is the color with the color’s name in the middle of the page (English above Spanish).  The right page has a picture of an item of that color and gives the English and Spanish words for the item.
The other books in the series usually have one page per vocabulary word with the English and Spanish written words and corresponding illustration on the same page, although there’s the occasional two-page spread.
Other books in this series:
My School = Mi Escuela; My Animals = Mis Animales; My Clothes = Mi Ropa; My Food = Mi Comida; My Toys = Mis Juguetes; My Numbers = Mis Numeros; My Opposites = Mis Opuestos; My Shapes = Mis Formas.
 
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Posted by on February 2, 2016 in Concepts, Spanish

 

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Counting Ovejas

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Title:   Counting Ovejas
Author:   Sarah Weeks
Illustrator:  David Diaz
Recommended for:  Preschool and early elementary students, either in their native language or a language they are learning.   Students of any age who are beginning to learn English or Spanish.
Pages:   32 pages
Call Number/Link:  SPA E WEEKS, S.

Rating:    ****

 

 

Synopsis:

When increasing numbers of sheep in a rainbow of colors appear in a boy’s bedroom as he tries to fall asleep, he must resort to more and more elaborate means of removing them. What do you do when you can’t sleep? Count sheep in Spanish and English, of course! But what happens when those rascally sheep get a little too close for comfort? Well, if you’re anything like the sleepy little hero in this clever tale, you might just tire yourself out trying to get rid of them!

Comments:

I love this book for a few reasons.  It is bilingual.  The author provided a pronunciation guide under each sentence in Spanish.  It is both a color book and a counting book.  And the illustrations are cute, especially the sheep.

It can be read to children just for fun OR to help them learn a new language.  (Adults and teens are more likely to read it to learn basic vocabulary in their second language – it’s always good to know colors and numbers!)

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2015 in Picture Books, Spanish

 

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Cuantos Animales?

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Title:   Cuantos Animales?
Author:   Anna Laura Cantone
Series:   not applicable
Recommended for:   People who want to help children learn to count to ten and don’t mind that the book is in cursive
Pages:   22 pages
Call Number/Link:   SPA E TINY CANTONE, A.

Rating:   **

Synopsis:

Enseña a los niños a contar con ilustraciones de animales.  (Translation:  Teaches children how to count with illustrations of animals.)
Comments:
My first reaction was…  what a cute counting book!  It’s even better that it’s in Spanish!  Then I noticed that they wrote the words for the numbers and animals in cursive.  Arrrrrrrrgh!
It’s difficult to teach a child the correlation between the numeral, number of objects in the illustration and the number’s written form when they can’t read the words because they’re in cursive.
Parents and teachers could still read this book to children to help them learn to count to ten,  However, some people might consider the book less useful since it doesn’t help the child match the numeral with the written form of the number.
 
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Posted by on August 14, 2015 in Concepts, Picture Books, Spanish

 

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